Southern California Public Radio’s news/talk station KPCC, Pasadena is rebranding as “LAist 89.3.” KPCC says this move is intended to “address audience confusion and better communicate cross-platform initiatives. Los Angeles listeners have long mixed the station up with L.A.’s other NPR affiliate, KCRW, and more recently wondered what the connection is between KPCC and LAist.” Southern California Public Radio acquired LAist.com and its archives in 2018. This rebranding puts the radio station, website and podcast creator LAist Studios under the same banner.
Media personality and WABC, New York talk host Lidia Curanaj tweets that she is leaving the Red Apple Media news/talk station for a position with Newsmax TV. She says, “I made the incredibly difficult decision to leave WABC Radio and take a job with Newsmax where I’ll have my own show – a national show. (Not bad for an Albanian girl from the Bronx!) The premiere date will be announced soon, but I am super excited yet sad to leave all the amazing people at WABC!”
— The Akron Beacon Journal reports that former WNIR-FM, Akron evening talk host Jim Isabella is running for mayor of Akron. Isabella exited the Media-Com news/talk station last year. Isabella is running as a Republican and it’s been 40 years since the city’s been led by a GOP mayor.
— The National Association of Broadcasters is celebrating its 100th year as an advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. The 2023 NAB Show Centennial Celebration is scheduled to take place April 15 – 19 in Las Vegas and will commemorate 100 years since the first NAB Show in 1923. NAB president and CEO Curtis LeGeyt says, “This year marks our century-long legacy of advocating on behalf of America’s broadcasters and driving global innovation and industry growth through NAB Show. We invite the entire NAB community, including broadcasters and content professionals from around the world, to join us for the Centennial Celebration as we honor our rich history, recognize our unparalleled impact and celebrate our next 100 years.”
— Audacy, via its partnership with BetMGM and the BetQL Network, will broadcast live from the newly opened BetMGM Sportsbook located next door to State Farm Stadium during the week of February 6-10 leading up to the NFL’s Super Bowl XLVII.
— Tomorrow (1/17), Podbean hosts the free webinar “Creating a Podcast Network For Your Niche with The Pharmacy Podcast Network” with guest Todd Eury, CEO of The Pharmacy Podcast Network. The program will discuss how The Pharmacy Podcast Network started, best practices and tips for starting your own podcast network, how to build audience trust and hone in on your podcast niche.